Sound Rider's Rally in the Gorge 2012
1 - 8, 2012
(photos see below)
It was a
quite nice meeting with more than 100 participants, with presentations,
workshops and rides (gravel/paved). We had a good time at the meeting, but there
were some points to criticize too and we will likely not participate again.
was divided into a tent camping only and a RV and/or tent area, which were about
200-300 yards apart. Unfortunately this divided the participants into two
groups, which made meeting and talking to others much harder. It wasn't even
allowed to park the bikes next to the tent, which certainly would not have
harmed the rocky, dead dry grass.
not allowed on the premises, except for the fenced in Beer garden, which was
nearly empty. Hardly anybody went there because of the way too expensive beer
and wine prices. We, like many others too, bought beer at a local grocery and
filled it into our stainless steel water bottles and drank it from there. I'm 40
years old and don't like being forced to act like a teenager.
age was shockingly high, with my 40 years I was one of the youngest
divided up into gravel and paved, were very nice and they offered paper maps as
well as GPS-files to download on site. For us this wasn't really interesting, as
we have already done many roads in the area; we live only about 2 hours from the
rides on Zero electric motorcycles and BMW’s were really nice, one didn’t
have to stand in line to and could ride for 20-30 minutes without a guide.
Especially the ride on the Zero was an absolute blast!
“off road riding” had to be paid extra, but it was already booked out in
April (they had only 8 places available). The trainer from Puget Sound PSSOR
were there for the entire meeting (or only their trailer?), but we never saw
them and so couldn’t ask questions about other classes.
workshops and presentations weren’t much at all. The organizers also didn’t
help to lose the feeling of not belonging to the club. Endless insider jokes and
awards for employees and 10 year participants.
The ride on
the extremely curvy private road "Mary Hill Loop" was absolutely
great! Everybody could ride up and down as often as one wanted, this experience
alone was worth joining the meeting. They also had a photographer on site to
take photos of every rider, which he later offered for purchase ($40 per shot).
All in all
we had a good time at the meeting and for participants from further away it
might make sense, but not for us.